Sudan’s final peace deal to be signed tomorrow

By Bullen Bala Alexander

The final peace deal between the Sudan’s Government and the main rebel alliance is expected to be finalized tomorrow.

The final signing ceremony will be witnessed by five heads of the State including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Chad and other senior government officials from the neighboring countries according to Tut Gatluak the head of the mediation team and South Sudan’s Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs.

According to the chief mediator Tut Gatluak, the final signing ceremony will be at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum from 9:00 am until everything is done.

Tut said it would be good opportunity for every South Sudanese to join the cerebration saying South Sudan and Sudan are brothers and sisters meaning Sudan’s peace is South Sudan peace.

On August 31 in Juba, Sudanese authorities and leaders from the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups, initialed a historic peace agreement aimed at ending nearly two decades of conflict.

South Sudan has been mediating the long-running talks since late 2019 between the Sudanese government and Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of rebel groups from the western region of Darfur and the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The final arrangement covers key issues around security, land ownership, transitional justice, power sharing, and the return of people who fled their homes because of war.

It also provides for the dismantling of rebel forces and the integration of their fighters into the national army.

However, the two rebel factions of SLM faction led by Abdelwahid al-Nur and a wing of the SPLM-N headed by Abdelaziz al-Hilu refused to take part due to some reasons known by them.

The two groups are largely drawn from non-Arab minority groups that long railed Arab domination of successive governments in Khartoum, including that of toppled President Omar al-Bashir.

However, the chief mediator Tut promised to continue to engage the holdout groups to join the other groups in the current peace deal.

“After the Saturday’s final signing of the other groups, we are going to immediately start engaging the hold out groups and bring them to discuss their demand,” Tut revealed.

Reaching a peace accord with rebel groups has been a priority of Sudan’s transitional government, which came to power after the April 2019 ouster of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir following months of mass protests.  

Fighting in Darfur alone left around 300,000 people dead after rebels took up arms in 2003. Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile erupted in 2011 as South Sudan seceded from Sudan, resuming a war that had ranged from 1983 to 2005. 

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